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The Age of Reform relates in an all encompassing manner with the abolition movement. This movement to end slavery became increasingly more radical by the mid 1850's. Individuals that led this effort found themselves allying with others that had priorities in other areas of need. Reform not only existed in attempts rid our nation of slavery but those involved in this movement also found themselves in religious arenas to make our nation more "godly." This religious fervor has been historically known as the Second Great Awakening. Couple these two areas of reform with attempts to curtail alcoholism and the initial women's suffrage movement and you have the makings of an era of total reform. Take special note to look into the backgrounds of personalities such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison and John Brown. These individuals will provide a quality basis behind the Age of Reform just prior to the American Civil War.
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